Here at Get Ahead our people are everything. Our ever-growing team has a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and even different personalities to ensure that we can find exactly the right expert to match our clients’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with our expert Lisa:

Name: Lisa

Area of expertise:  Organisation and Administration

When & why did you join Get Ahead: 

I joined the Get Ahead team in November 2022. I currently work 2 days a week for a small family run Construction company who specialise in New Build developments. When my youngest daughter started school in September, I quickly realised that I needed something more to do with my time. I had been thinking about setting up as a VA and saw this as the perfect opportunity to push on. I discovered Get Ahead through my sister who was chatting to Emma Barratt on the School playground, after a couple of chats with Emma I realised that Get Ahead would be the perfect fit for me. I love working independently but having the support from the Get Ahead Community behind me is a real win.

What did you do before you joined Get Ahead: 

I have worked in Administration since 1998 when I completed a Business Administration NVQ at a small Engineering firm. After 5 years I got a job in Facilities Management at Toys R Us where I looked after the general building repairs nationwide. I stayed within FM for and moved to Technical Services company which specialised in HVAC repairs logging and arranging repairs. I took a role at Lovell Homes where I was a Senior Buying Assistant managing a team of 6 buyers.

My husband took a promotion and we moved from the Midlands to Bury St Edmunds where I worked at TROY Group who specialised in Refurbishment working with clients such as Travelodge and Costa Coffee. I provided all the administrative support for the Costa Coffee team from H&S, site set up to scheduling trades and materials for the refit programme.

My Husbands job brought us to Huddersfield in 2018, we bought our family home last year and our girls are now settled into School. I currently provide administrative and finanancial support to a small New Build Construction company 2 days week performing Sage bookkeeping, site cost control, site set up including H&S, scheduling trades and subcontractors. I mainly work from home, but I visit site every couple of weeks to attend meetings and watch progress.

Career highlight to date:

I have been fortunate enough to work in some great environments, but I really enjoyed the thrill of the Costa Coffee refurbs, being part of the team that fitted out a unit in 3 weeks and then being present when we did the handover was a great feeling.

In my current role I love being part of the buying process, meeting with potential buyers and showing them round the new build homes. Helping buyers select their kitchens and flooring options and showing them the progress of their new build is another favourite.

Plans for the future: 

I take pride in my work and would really love to be a clients go to person, easing their load workload.

Developing my skillset by completing a Bookkeeping qualification.